Halifax’s Eureka! Museum Praised By Minister
Halifax’s National Children’s Museum, Eureka!, is among British tourist attractions which have been given the thumbs up for getting their disability policies right.
Minister for Disabled People Sarah Newton and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis have urged all leisure attractions to follow the positive example set by Eureka! and a number of other attractions including the Roman Baths & Pump Room in Bath and Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool.
On a visit to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis, said:
“All over the country, our tourism industry is booming and we are a world-leading holiday destination for visitors from both at home and abroad.
“However if we are to maintain this reputation and its economic and social benefits, I urge all tourism venues to follow in the footsteps of these award winners and review whether they are doing enough to cater for disabled people, to ensure they are accessible to everyone.”
Tourism is said to be booming across the UK and is now worth over £66 billion a year to the economy. The sector employs 1.6 million people and creates growth across the country, from beautiful beaches and activity parks, to hundreds of thousands of heritage sites.
However, Mr Ellis said that if the sector was to continue flourishing, it needed to ensure that facilities were accessible for all visitors, including the disabled.
The Government has a dedicated sector champion for tourism, who works with the industry to promote the benefits of being inclusive to its disabled visitors.
Chris Veitch, Chief Executive of Tourism for All and the Government’s Sector Champion for Tourism, said:
“Making tourism more accessible not only improves travel opportunities for disabled people and many others with accessibility requirements, it can improve the quality of the visitor experience for everybody and help make the UK tourism offer more competitive.”
There are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK with a combined spending power of their households, ‘the purple pound’, standing at around £250 billion.
Halifax’s Eureka! Museum Praised By Minister, 27th August 2018, 16:11 PM